President and CEO
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As President and CEO of World T.E.A.M., Jon Brideau is responsible for the overall operations of the non-profit organization.
Jon Brideau first became involved with World T.E.A.M. at the 2015 Face of America as a team member of Capital One and was immediately moved by the power of the event. He came back to ride in the 2016-2018 events, and also rode the inaugural 2017 Face of America Liberty from West Point to Manhattan’s World Trade Center. Jon participated in the 2017 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado as a member of Team Graphite. In October 2017, he was named as the organization’s Executive Director and in May 2018, promoted to President and CEO.
Prior to joining World T.E.A.M., Jon spent seven years in several roles at Best Buddies International, most recently serving as Senior Director of the Best Buddies Challenge. With three Challenge events across the country, Jon lead his team to fund raise over $10 million annually to provide friendships, job opportunities, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Jon joined Best Buddies after riding in the 2009 and 2010 Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port with his team of colleagues from Nike, where he worked for five years. Jon became involved in the Best Buddies jobs program while at Nike when he hired and mentored an employee on the autism spectrum.
Jon is a graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Business Administration. He spends much of his time riding bikes—road, mountain, and cyclocross throughout the entire year. He is an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing organized team sports in his formative years, along with skiing. Jon lives in the Greater Boston area with his wife Jessica and young son.
Director of Development and Administration
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Patti joined the organization in December, 2018 as the Director of Development and Administration, responsible for fundraising, development, participant outreach, and administration. Prior to World T.E.A.M., Patti worked for many years in administration and operations, most recently in private equity.
An active volunteer with World T.E.A.M. since 2006, Patti has been involved with each of the organization’s events, including Face of America Gettysburg, managing the Chairman’s Reception and assisting with ride logistics. She is best known for her work as the Event Manager for World T.E.A.M.‘s Adventure Team Challenge Colorado. After serving as an event volunteer, she took over primary management of the Challenge in 2013, where she is responsible for athlete recruitment, sponsorship management, and logistics. Her tireless efforts have helped the Challenge become the preeminent inclusive adaptive adventure race.
Patti earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently lives near Boston, where her son, Liam, is in college. Liam participated in Face of America Gettysburg and volunteered at Adventure Team Challenge Colorado. Patti is a five-time finisher of the Marine Corps Marathon, taking great pride in her ability to finish just ahead of the Stragglers’ Bus. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and a recently discovered passion for boxing.
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Howard Hill joined Word T.E.A.M in May 2017 as the organization’s Logistics Director. In his role, Howard is responsible for event coordination and working with volunteers and outside resources. In June of 2016, he retired from his career at State Farm Insurance where he was involved in project coordination, real estate disposition and education and training.
Howard first became involved with World T.E.A.M when State Farm served as the presenting sponsor for the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea, as a member of the ride staff. That ride, he says, changed his life. After Sea to Shining Sea, he purchased his first road bike and joined the 2011 Face of America ride as a participant. Continuing to be involved in the activities of the organization, he was asked to coordinate and oversee the 2014 CanAm Veteran’s Challenge. Since that time he has been involved in other Face of America rides, as well as the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado event.
Dedicated to helping others, Howard was a head mentor and fundraising advisor for the Leukemia-Lymphoma’s TEAM in TRAINING program for many years. During that time he completed 13 marathons and numerous half marathons to benefit Leukemia research. Injuries have slowed his running, but he continues to be an active cyclist in the community.
Currently living in Bloomington, Illinois, Howard is married to wife, Sherry. In 2017, Sherry participated in the Face of America, and in 2016 ran the Marine Corps Marathon (her 92nd marathon) and raised funds to benefit World T.E.A.M. Together, they have four children and eight grandchildren.
Director of Communications
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A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Journalism, Richard manages all external communications for our organization, including websites, social media, digital newsletters, special publications, promotional materials and handouts. He joined World T.E.A.M. in October, 2010.
With more than a quarter-century experience in publishing and marketing communications, including terms at VeloNews, Women’s Adventure and Buzzworm’s Earth Journal, Richard has exceptional knowledge about media and communications. In the mid-to-late 1990s, Richard served for six years with USA Cycling, the national Olympic sports governing body in Colorado Springs. During his term with USA Cycling, Richard developed the American Mountain Bike Challenge racing series, managed the organization’s business newsletter, and directed other member programs.
Based at World T.E.A.M.‘s Grand Junction, Colorado office, Richard is currently active with the National Speleological Society in the American West. He is the author of four popular books regarding Colorado caves.